14 / 12 / 2018
This briefing aims to provide an update on the skills advisory panels, which will play an important role in identifying, prioritising and addressing local skills gaps.
It will be of particular interest to sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) and integrated care systems (ICS) leaders, including those responsible for strategy and workforce, and NHS HR Directors.
Skills advisory panels were first referenced in the Industrial Strategy (published in November 2017) which set out the government’s aim to ‘generate good jobs and greater earning power for all’. Their primary purpose will be to provide strategic local leadership on skills and act as a key enabler in supporting areas to understand and address their workforce challenges. Panels will be operational across England by October 2019 and will work with the full range of local partners to help colleges, universities and other providers deliver the skills required by employers, both now and in the future.
With workforce the biggest challenge facing NHS leaders it is important that the NHS proactively engages with skills advisory panels to ensure they understand our strategic needs and are focused on addressing local skills gaps across health and care.